TiVo Updates iOS App To Support iPhone 5

Dave Zatz —  November 14, 2012

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TiVo’s fine iOS app has just been updated to version 2.1, bringing support to the new resolution Apple introduced with the iPhone 5. While I generally find content weirdly elongated on the 16×9 display, widescreen television video is a perfect fit – and those with the TiVo Stream are the prime beneficiaries. Having said that, all TiVo Premiere subscribers can make use of the additional screen real estate when perusing the guide or reordering Season Passes. 

Update details:

  • iPhone 5 Support is here!
  • TiVo Stream connectivity improvements
  • Fixed rotation issues introduced by iOS6
  • General Bug Fixes

17 responses to TiVo Updates iOS App To Support iPhone 5

  1. It needs a little more work. I get odd lines now while streaming or while watching something that has been downloaded.

  2. I’ll have to take another look as I didn’t notice in a just a few minutes with my wife’s iPhone 5. Hm.

  3. Definitely weren’t there before. After the update they appeared.

    They’re like transcoding ‘smears’. Take a look at, say, FoxNews or CNN where there’s text scrolling along the bottom. It’s like some lines end up repeating so you’ll get the text scrolling and then, just under it, another line or two of the last two lines of the text scrolling.

    It also happens on other scenes where there’s a bit of action. People talking, instead of being clear, as before, will end up with double-lips or double-eyes. That kind of thing.

  4. Boo iOS!!! When are we getting support for streaming on Android? I want to buy a stream already!

  5. “They’re like transcoding ‘smears”

    My vote is that they are incredibly subtle subliminal ads.

  6. Wasn’t able to replicate on my wife’s iPhone 5 after several minutes watching ESPN, CNN, and FOX News tickers. What device you seeing this on?

  7. I’m seeing it on my iPhone 5 using a TiVo Stream (obviously) and a TiVo Elite.

    I did not have the problem before the update.

  8. Upon further checking.. It seems to happen on 720P channels.

  9. Hm, interesting. I’ll have to figure out which those are in my lineup and check again.

  10. “Upon further checking.. It seems to happen on 720P channels … Hm, interesting. I’ll have to figure out which those are in my lineup and check again.”

    If memory serves, all the Fox and Disney channels are 720p.

    So, Fox, ABC, and ESPN would be the ones to test.

  11. I had checked Fox News and ESPN and they looked fine, but only watched for a few minutes. Brad, is this continual or sporadic? Also I wonder if the Stream sends the native feed or what I designated for TiVo television output (1080p).

  12. Only very tangentially on topic, but who’ll start a petition to get Disney to move ESPN to 1080? It really makes a difference for sports.

    They wantonly spoil my highly valued NBA games. And I believe ESPN adds $40, give or take, to my monthly cable bill. I demand better service for my money.

  13. “Only very tangentially on topic, but who’ll start a petition to get Disney to move ESPN to 1080?”

    Ugh. I retract my utterly incorrect slur on Disney. ESPN has long been in 1080. My only defense is that it’s early in the season, but I still went off topic with what turned out to be gibberish.

    Mea culpa.

    (But that still doesn’t excuse Disney of the reason why I was holding a grudge against them in the first place. While ESPN is in 1080, Disney’s broadcasts the NBA Finals, the very pinnacle of the association’s season, in 720 on ABC.)

  14. @DaveZatz: It’s continuous for me. I can go to FoxNews at any time. Just checked the local Fox Channel. Same thing.

    For those of you who are curious:
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/bishopland/8191481634

    Look around her chin, eyes, the square box on the microphone. It’s all kind of weirdly skewed/dup’d.

  15. Chucky — what? ESPN is still 720p as ever afaik. I’ve never taken issue with their resolution choice however.

  16. “Chucky — what? ESPN is still 720p as ever afaik”

    I’ve apparently picked a bad week to go off meth.

    Mea culpa, again.

    “I’ve never taken issue with their resolution choice however.”

    The only sport I watch is NBA hoops, and there is a noticeable difference in detail on the far side of the court with 1080i over 720p. You can only fully read facial expression of the players on the far side of the court in 1080, for example.

    Normally, I think bit-rate matters more than 720/1080. But hoops may be an exception to the rule because of the tiny details in the background. However, that may all be trumped by the idea that it’s bit-rate after all, as multicasting in 720 tends to correctly very highly with multicasting a lower bit-rate than channels who do 1080.

    (If memory serves, in terms of bit-rate for the NBA, TNT>ESPN>ABC, with the TNT>ESPN gap being the biggest.)

  17. Ah, I know what you mean, and yeah it’s much more visible in basketball. TNT’s broadcast is definitely sharper, but they had this bizarre pixelization problem for years that bothered me.